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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lookna – A New Way To Reach Potential Customers

Have you been scammed by fraudulent advertisers? Cannot compete with giant advertisers who have huge budgets allocated for their advertisements? We can help. Here at Lookna, we provide fair ads to searches making your ads visible to targeted audiences without paying a fortune. However, once the advertiser provided the necessary documents, Lookna shall take all reasonable steps to complete verification of the details provided by Advertiser within 2 working days.

Lookna

Lookna only allows verified business owners to have a listing and advertise their businesses. It also prohibits the advertisement of the following items and services: Casino & gambling, illegal drug and narcotics, adult items & services, guns, weapons and ammunition. We also have restrictions on some items and services you may advertise. Lookna reserves the right to decline or disapprove listings and ads that violate its policies, terms and conditions.

As a verified advertiser, you need to create listing/s that will provide your business name, nature of business, address, phone number and business website.

Creating a listing in Lookna is a piece of cake. However, here are some best practices that you can use as a guide to make sure that you get the most out of it. It is important to choose the category that best fits your business. Searchers would surely want to know all of the possible information that they can get from your listing, and if you are the right person they are looking for, they will contact you for your services.

Furthermore, making sure that they know if you are available or not will make their experience a better one. Make sure to drag the map marker to correctly pin your location, thus allowing possible clients to know where your physical location is. This can be an advantage as clients can drop by your store or business location to do business with you personally. Make your dashboard clear from clutter by making sure that you only create listings for your business once.

Always manage your Lookna Advertiser’s Account by checking the following: your User Profile, this contains the information you have entered into Lookna, like your Personal Information, Account Information and the verification documents you have submitted. Your Dashboard, it displays the listings you have created. Your Messages, conversations with services provider/s you have contacted. And lastly Billing Account, this is where the payment methods, preferences, billing history and subscriptions are.

A Searcher account is used by anyone who is looking for a specific service or product offered by the advertisers. It is created thru search page. Once the searcher starts communicating with the advertisers, the phone number he used will be saved in the database and will be used as his auto-created login info.

Here are the guides on how to Search on Lookna.

(1)Go to the Home or Search page.

(2) Type the services or product that you are looking for.

( 3) Select the business you want to get in touch with. (We recommend that you choose the nearest service provider.)The ads that you will see from the Search Result page will let you know which company offers the services you have searched for.



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Fleas and Ticks This Season

fleas and ticks

There are many dangers to our lovable fur balls, especially in the summer season. Our dogs can overheat and have heat stroke, cut themselves, hurt themselves, and even catch things. Spring and summer months are a prime breeding time for insects and other creatures that typically go dormant in the winter. So, what do you do? Invest in flea and tick prevention methods. There are many different options to choose from.

Before, flea medication was not synonymous with tick medication. The prescribed action to dealing with ticks was to pull them off and dunk them in rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover, as they could survive being drowned in a toilet. Now, however, you can get all-in-one treatments that kill off a wide range of pests like fleas, chewing lice, and ticks, all in one go.

Knowing When Your Dog Has Fleas

If your dog is constantly scratching, it is time to check for fleas. Use a fine-tooth comb to search through your dog’s hair. Search for both fleas and flea feces, which look like small black commas.

Knowing When Your Dog Has Ticks

Ticks can be very small, and very hard to see. They usually can be found by using a comb through your dog’s hair until you encounter a snag. Use medicated treatment to kill not only the adults, but also the larvae and eggs and break the cycle.

dog flea

Monthly Treatments

Monthly treatments are an easy way to prevent flea and ticks from infesting your dog. These products typically prevent fleas and ticks from returning for up to three months, but because re-infestation is always a concern, it is best to apply these products once a month for maximum effectiveness. These kill not just the adults, but the eggs, larvae, and pupae that are living on your dog.

Flea Collars

For longer lasting treatments, you can try a flea collar. These collars now kill both fleas and ticks. They need to be worn for the six months that the medication is effective and are waterproof, meaning they are long lasting! For full protection from fleas and ticks for your dog this season, a collar could be the right way to go.

Knowing what kind of fleas and ticks are in your area is also important. If your dog has been infested, you need to know which diseases could have been spread, so you can keep an eye out for the symptoms in both you and your dog while you are treating your furry friend. Remember to read and follow the instructions for these medications carefully, as misusing the medicine can result in your pet not being as fully covered as they should be. If you do find your pet has a flea or tick infestation, know that your home could be infested, too. Wash or replace the dog beds and carefully vacuum your entire home and wash your beddings.

If you believe an infestation has persisted, seek out help from both your vet and pest control. Fleas and ticks are annoying, but they can also be dangerous!


Monday, July 3, 2017

Top Reasons Why Filipinos Rely on Pawnshops



In a 2012 report, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) revealed that 72% of Filipinos have availed of pawnshop services in the last 12 months prior the study. More than just to pawn property, people rely on pawnshops to receive remittances and to pay bills. BSP indicated that the result of the survey showed the Filipinos’ extensive use of pawnshops, and their increasingly important role as financial service providers in the Philippines. Several factors contribute to this trend, including the following:

Pawnshops are highly accessible

Pawnshops can be found even in remote areas not reached by traditional banks. And it is not surprising to find a pawnshop in key cities and towns.

The pawnshop industry boasts a network of approximately 17,000 main offices and branches. About 10,000 of these pawnshops engage solely in the business of pawning, while the rest offer auxiliary services including bills payment facilitation, remittance facilitation, and money changing.

The Philippines has about 9,000 bank offices, almost half of the number of pawnshops all over the country. There are more pawnshops because they are much easier to put up — they require less staff, less space, and less capital. BSP requires each pawnshop branch to put up little as Php 100,000 in capital. With much less capital at risk, pawnshops can readily set up a branch even in far-flung areas. Hence, not only do they outnumber banks, they have an even wider reach as well.


Pawnshops are inclusive

Owing to their wider reach, pawnshops have been identified by BSP as key vehicles for “financial inclusion.” The term is used to refer to the act of making a range of financial services accessible even to those in far-flung areas. These financial services include micro insurance, micro loans, money changing, remittance facilitation, and payment facilitation.

BSP’s study revealed that only two out of ten Filipinos have bank accounts. They see the information as indicative of the fact that banking services continue to be concentrated in urban areas and have yet to reach many Filipinos in rural communities.
There is currently a push for financial inclusion for Filipinos, and pawnshops are being eyed as an important instrument for achieving this goal. More than just offering a wide range of auxiliary services, pawnshops are also recognized for their potential to provide mobile banking services for low-income Filipinos. BSP considers pawnshops as a potential vehicle for providing micro credit and selling micro insurance services for a greater number of Filipinos. BSP sees pawnshops as an important driver of the economy.

Pawnshops offer reasonable rates and terms

Pawnshops provide financial services commonly known as microlending, which is a key source of credit in several developing countries, particularly in Asia. The banking system has left a void that pawnshops have managed to fill. Pawnshops provide credit to low income and poor households that have no access to lending services. Pawnshops also further benefit the people by increasing the competition in the credit markets, as they offer alternative sources of credit for those who are frozen out of bank loans. They effectively provide a much-needed financial safety net for low-income households.

Pawnshops are able to offer these financial services to low income and poor households due to a number of factors. First, pawnshops are subjected to less stringent regulations compared to financial institutions. Second, the loans provided by pawnshops are backed by hard assets. This arrangement lowers the risks or transaction costs for the lender, eliminating the need to investigate the borrower’s creditworthiness.
Pawnshops’ loan services have also become more accessible. In the past, pawnshops would accept only high-value and less bulky items like jewelry. But with the increasingly stiffer competition, they have been compelled to broaden the types of items that qualify as collateral. The range of accepted items to pawn continues to widen, extending to mobile phones, computers, and other electronic devices.

Pawnshops offer a wide range of transactions

For many Filipinos, running to a neighborhood pawnshop has been the quickest and most common way to address emergencies or urgent need for cash. As opposed to banks, pawnshops do not require customers to submit as many documentary requirements before releasing the much-needed cash.

More than just playing a vital role in meeting many Filipinos’ short-term financial needs, pawnshops have also become a reliable go-to for other financial transactions such as bills payment, remittances, money transfer, and money changing.

Because of its far-reaching and efficient operations, the pawnshop business has grown to be a highly profitable sector. According to a study by the Philippine Institute for Development, the efficient management of a pawnshop allows it to generate net profits that amount to as much as 25% of its gross operating income.

There are trusted brands in the industry

Despite the essential role pawnshops play as a financial service provider, they still have a reputation of preying on low- and middle-income Filipinos. There is a persistent perception that pawnshops tend to engage in profiteering and take advantage of people in dire need of cash and that many are fly-by-night operators that would disappear with your valuables. While BSP admits that they receive complaints involving pawnshops every now and then, they emphasize that the proportion of questionable pawnshops to the entire number of industry operators is minuscule, or about 5% of the industry’s network.

BSP recognizes the stigma attached to pawnshops, and want to help the industry improve its image. They are intensifying their coordinated work with local government units (LGUs) in monitoring pawnshops. Under a memorandum of agreement (MOA), BSP and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) agree to engage in information sharing to better regulate pawnshops. With the assistance of LGUs, the central bank conducts random visits to pawnshops across the country. During the site visits, they check if a pawnshop complies with regulations and if it is duly registered. The continued improvement of regulations with the goal of preventing fraudulent or erring pawnshops is seen to enhance the image of the industry.

Most of the pawnshops that have been subjected to complaints are found to be unregistered businesses. BSP advises people to first check their official website for the list of registered pawnshops before pawning their valuables. Going for trusted brands like Palawan Pawnshop is still the way to go.

Considering how accessible and convenient pawnshops are, they will remain to be a key financial service provider for many Filipinos, and for good reasons.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How to Attractively Wrap a Gift with a Bow

Whether there is a special occasion or not, it just feels good to be giving gifts to our relatives and friends. Aside from making them feel loved, it also gives us a satisfying feeling since we made other people happy. So if you are the type of person who enjoys giving gifts, here is a guest post about gift with bows from one of our writer friends.

If gift-giving is an art form, then wrapping a gift might be the frame on that piece of art. Just as a great painting needs the right frame, the perfect gift also needs the right wrapping, and no matter how much or how little you spent on your gift, your wrapping can make it look like you spent a fortune.

Read on to discover how to attractively wrap a gift with a bow!




Boxed Gift

If your gift is in a box, that makes the wrapping easier. You don’t have to be an expert with paper and ribbons in order to decorate a box, but you should take a moment to think through your design.

For example, you might choose a simple, single-color wrapping paper — or even brown paper wrapping — and then use a bright and colorful bow to make the decoration pop. Alternatively, use paper with a geometric design or a personalized message and keep the bow to a single color. Of course, since you’re using a box, you can eliminate the paper altogether and let the bow say it all for the most focused impact.

Bagged Gift

Many people prefer to use a gift bag. They are convenient and come in all sizes, colors, and patterns. When using a gift bag, you have a couple of options in terms of a bow. You can tie the bag handles together with ribbon and run them along a blade edge to make them curl or tie the ribbon ends together to create a simple bow.

If your gift bag is a sack without handles, then tie the sack opening with pretty ribbons and tie the ends into bows. Or, for extra secrecy, roll the top enough so you can staple it closed, and then add a fun and easy pre-made bow.


Just a Bow

Some gifts don’t fit in bags or boxes — think car, jet ski, bicycle, or puppy. In that case, you’re going to want a bow that matches the awesomeness of the gift. With any living creature, be careful that the bow doesn’t interfere with movement and make sure the puppy (or kitten or guinea pig) can’t eat the bow because that would be a disaster. A simple collar wrapped with ribbon might be your best bet or you can attach a bow to the leash. Just remember, safety first!

If you’re giving a car as a gift, look online for an oversized bow with a magnet that attaches to the hood of the car. These bows run around $40, but can be worth it to complete the impact of giving such a dramatic gift. Since the bow attaches magnetically, you can use it over and over.

Theme

Whether you’re going to a birthday party, a bridal shower, a bar mitzvah, or a retirement party, make sure your gift-wrapping decorations embrace the party theme.

You can find pre-made bows in all the colors of the rainbow and decorated with hearts, polka, dots, stripes, and geometric patterns. You can also make your own bow using a pretty and unique floral ribbon.




Your Personality

Sometimes the gift you’re giving won’t show off much of your personality, but the wrapping still can. For instance, if you picked an item off a wedding registry because it’s the exact vacuum cleaner or place setting the bride and groom wanted, but it doesn’t reflect anything about you or your relationship with the couple, you can use the wrapping to show off your individuality. Incorporate hearts or stars or specific colors that are meaningful to you.

Remember that the gift is for the recipient and should be something he or she will love. If, for whatever reason, the gift doesn’t reflect enough of you, then make sure the wrapping does. You may become your family’s go-to person for gift-wrapping.


Author Bio:
Roy Cunningham is a Los Angeles based blogger with a particular interest in using crafts to add individuality to celebrations and gifts. He’s also an avid hiker, coffee drinker, and dog rescuer.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Amazing Backyard Ideas For Sustainability And Long-Term Functionality


Although we have some basic inkling when it comes to a backyard, we can never be certain whether an idea will fit our property. Furthermore, you might even get something that looks amazing on paper investing a lot of money and time into it just to be disappointed after a few months.

Amazing Backyard Ideas For Sustainability

This is mainly due to the fact that people see backyards as something that should provide them fun and exciting moments. We rarely think about backyards functionality and whether we really need particular improvement we thought about introducing.

In order to help you out, I made this article. Every idea is based on sustainability and long-term functionality. No matter what you decide to put out of these, they will work out.

1. Water tank

Water tank

Water barrels have existed for quite a long time. Having that in mind, water tanks are like children in comparison. Nevertheless, they are a concept that works.

So, what are water tanks? They are a type of water collection system that picks up the rain, stores it and then, with a water pump, drives it to your home. This water can, later on, be used for drinking and other stuff such as cooking meals. You can buy water pumps at forpumps.com.au, they offer 30 days return policy too.

Tank and pump can be rather expensive but they are a great long-term solution that will save you a lot of money. They are especially great if you have a lot of space in your backyard and are uncertain what you wish to do with it.

2. Solar collectors

Solar collectors

Most people see solar panels as something that can be placed on the roof. But you can also put them in your backyard as long as there is a direct line from the Sun to them.

Solar collectors are rather inexpensive nowadays especially if we compare it with several years ago when they were a luxury. In fact, there are a lot of countries that are stimulating homeowners to purchase one. There are tax breaks, subventions and other forms of financial assistance.

And, why should you get several solar panels? They are really great in the long run and will save so much money for you. It is especially great if you consider that this small move will reduce weight from local government shoulders.

3. Gardening

Gardening

Several years ago, no one could’ve expected that homes in urban areas would start growing their own vegetables. But, with the recent recession and a lot of people staying out of jobs, this has become a really amazing way to feed your family.

Planting fruits and vegetables is another sustainable way of running your household. Instead of paying so much money for organic food, you can grow it yourself.

Another great benefit when you have your own garden is that it allows you to control everything. In other words, you can be certain that you’re eating food without any additives or potentially hazardous matters.

Lastly, gardening is something that will keep you in shape at all times. No more need to pay for an expensive gym membership!

Image source: Caterpillar HouseGreen Greenberg Green House and SURROUNDS Landscape Architecture + Construction

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How to Get the Best Window Treatment for your Home?

Windows are an integral part of any home. These are the elements that make the home worth living, because of the ventilation and light that they permit to come inside the home. These are essential things as they let the stale air out, fresh air in, and also prevent entry of bacteria, fungus and dust mites into the house. 

But, this is also a fact that no one wants an unrestricted flow of wind and light into their homes. They always want only the right amount of wind and light that they require for a healthy living. This can be achieved with the help of the window blinds. The best way is to get the custom window blinds because they give you a great way of controlling the amount of light and wind according to your preference.


There are many styles to choose from as far as the custom window blinds are considered. Depending on your preference you can choose the style and color that you want. The best thing is that these are available in all the home improvement stores and you can easily find a vendor to get these blinds at your convenience.

The blinds are made of many kinds of materials such as:

• Aluminum
• Wood
• Bamboo

The aluminum blinds are very light in weight and still provide you the perfect protection from the light and wind.

Wood is a great material that not only gives you complete protection from outside temperature changes but also helps you make your home look great.

Bamboo is a great material that affords all the advantages that wood has and is also cheaper than wood. It lasts a good time and can be replaced at will, because of its low cost.


Most of the people who get these custom window blinds are most concerned about their cleaning. The cleaning of the window blinds depends on the material that is used to make them. The aluminum blinds can be cleaned using a damp cloth or just a piece of damp sponge. You could use a mild detergent with cold or lukewarm water for stains that are tough, or you could just dip the whole blind into a bucket of warm water with soap.

However, it is the wooden blinds that need a lot of care. Because a lot of moisture can destroy your blind as it may bend due to exposure to water. It is always preferable to get the wooden blinds polished once in a while. To keep the wooden blinds hassle free, you can fabric pleat the blinds. This will prevent any dirt to settle on the blinds and you will not need to clean them at periodic intervals.


The wooden blinds are definitely something that will need you to invest a lot of your money. But this does not mean that people who have limited budget cannot afford to have window treatment at their homes.

In fact, there are many kinds of blinds that are available at lower costs. If you want to save money on your blinds it is important that you do not go in for the designer blinds. If you are looking for the cheapest of the blinds then these options would suit your need the best.

This is the cheapest type of blinds available in the market. This is mainly from China and it is even cheaper if you can get them from China.

These are also cheap blinds. They may be sensitive to UV rays but once treated properly, they become considerably UV resistant. They have longer life than the paper blinds and are still affordable for all the people.

Disclosure: Text and images provided by the contributor.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Give French Touch to Your Bedroom with French Provincial Bed

Well, to give a romantic touch to their bedroom, often people choose French Provincial d├ęcor. In case, you want to decorate your room you must look into these few designs, which would change your perception to look for French Provincial Bed Designs. French Designs are timeless, and are popular. The combination of exquisite lines and culture is primarily paving the way for the people with a delicate taste. The unique touch of feminism and elegance will take you back to the period of Kings and Queens reign. The comfort and the beauty will simply convert your bedroom for a wonderland room of a palace.

French Provincial Bed

Types of French Provincial Bed Designs:

Headboard

The usage of the headboard and the wall next to it is a focal point in the bedroom. The bed itself takes the center stage, especially, in this particular design. The colors are muted, which adds externally to its romanticism.

Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom Design is primarily the best classic version of the French piece. It uses the elegant lines along with those beautiful curves in the furniture, apart from the bedroom accessories. It gives a typical look to the French Provincial Bed.

Pretty in Pink

The French designs are too romantic as well as charming. If used along with the French Provincial Beds, it will certainly have a soothing effect in the entire room.

Cantera Elegance

French designs are used to be the most luxurious masterpieces. On this, the bed is the focal point. It adds an extra amount of elegance to the French Provincial Beds. The color added to it makes the room appealing, inviting, and regal.

Lovely in Lilac

This type of design is used to forge and openwork beds or iron beds and adds a good accent for the French inspired bedroom. You must use the layers of lavender in this type of bedroom design. It seems sophisticated than overpowering. It is ravishing and relaxing as well.

Enchanted Oaks

The French Country bedroom designs are best suited for Enchanted Oaks. It looks kind of ethnic to the French Provincial Bed. Try to combine the bedroom with beautiful furniture with a motif of pastoral to create the French country feel.

Weston Residence

The Weston Residence will certainly give a feeling of retreat along with the dramatic valance and magnificence. French Provincial Beds with a soothing color along with the subtle patterns and textures make it an elegant French bedroom design.

Pastel Bedroom

The Pastel Bedroom adds a metallic shade to the subtlety of the openwork bed forming a silky texture. This is a kind of chic way to add the French touch in a bedroom design while boasting the Provincial Beds.

French Bedroom

If you are in love with the feminine feel that a bedroom can give, then the French Bedroom is the appropriate one. It adds to the elegant details and makes a serene retreat to the love of royalties.

French Bed


Cathy Kincaid

The French designs are very much popular in giving and using a lot of pale colors like greens and cream colors, which is used in the bedroom design. The boudoir is primarily filled with different amount of textures and patterns primarily complementing each other. It has a finish of rich and luxurious atmosphere.

The French Bedroom Company

This is also a feminine and a mellow bedroom design. It has a very intricate detail of furniture used with soft colors, which seem to be welcoming and charming.

Hence, you must have a good knowledge about the French designs when you actually design your own French Provincial Beds. There are various options to choose from that fits perfectly with your bedroom.

Disclosure: This is a guest post. All images and text provided by the contributor.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Finding a Reliable Locksmith Service in Emergency Situation!

There are times when doors in our homes are locked and we do not know what to do in order to open it. Worse, our kids might be locked inside! What should we do? You can get help from a locksmith service who can respond at once during emergency situations. Here is a guest post from Joseph Webb that will surely be helpful for us parents.



Like any other professional service like plumbing or electrical, you can take your time to find a locksmith. Whether you have to get your locks replaced or install a new one, you have time to research well to find some professional locksmith services. Imagine being locked out of your own house. How will one manage to find such services during an emergency? In this case, you can call some emergency locksmith service that offer 24x7 emergency services only. They will arrive at your location and replace the lock or rescue you from the locked room.


#5 Tips to Find the Professionally Trained Locksmith Services:

1. Call your Friends:

Before you actually panic and feel all over the place, calm down and call your friends or colleagues. Chances are they might know a decent locksmith service. The best part is you will find the one who is located close to your location. Else, it is better to stop panic, and search for some locksmith services on your mobile instantly. Then call them directly and they will come and rescue you from the locked room within few minutes.

2. Local Locksmith Service:

Will you be interested in stranded outside your home for hours? Hence, you need to find local services. When you go online, you will find ample advertisements that are region specific locksmith services. But, when you call at the service center, it is the customer care you will be dealing with. You can ask them about their location and the estimated time that they need to arrive at your location. Then you can hire them accordingly. It is better to search for these local locksmith services previously, and save their number in your phonebook for any emergency issues.

3. Quick Review:

During an emergency, you will not have the time to call up the references and know if the locksmith service provider was actually good or not. What one can do is type ‘review’ or ‘complaint’ along with the legal business name. There are ample online sites that allow people to put product or service reviews and rate them. It will give you a quick and sure idea whether the service provider is worth hiring or not. Through your reviews, people will get to know about the respective company. Apart from that, locksmith services also provide you better performance when they get to know that you are going to post online review for their company.


4. Prices:

When you are on the internet, you will find ample services and certainly, you will check for the quotes first. Learn about their service and transportation charges. In case the lock brakes you might need a replacement. So, it is better to talk to them and ask for the quote for your work. Then if your budget permits then you can replace the old lock, else you can get it repaired by hiring these locksmith services at a lower cost.

5. Identity Proof and Invoice:

The first thing you need to check for in the executive is the identity proof. Do not take any risk, as there might be a fraudster who might easily get an access to the home. You can always call up the service provider to know if they have sent the technician.

These pointers will get you a reliable service to get you out of the emergency. However, you need to get the locks changed. There is no way you will want someone else to have access to your home. No matter how reliable service provider you hire during such situation, you should get the locks changed for your safety.



About the Writer

This post is written by Joseph Webb. Joseph is an excellent blogger and philosophers, His keen observation to provide useful information which helps readers to get more ideas. He can be found on Google+ and on Twitter as @aussiesmag.


Monday, February 13, 2017

5 Things To Do With Your Partner This Valentine's Day

What Are You Doing On The Day Of Love?

The season of love is about to come! Being in love is the most beautiful feeling in this world, agreed? But don’t you think, like any other occasion, Valentine's Day celebration has become very repetitive over the years? With the same old lovey dovey stuff, there are no variations left. We all know variety is the spice of life and especially in relationships. So, for all the people who are in love and are looking for ideas, here are 5 Things to do with your partner this valentine's day. It's time to spice things up.

You can do so much for your sweetheart rather than follow others footsteps! Like with cheap air tickets, you can even fly to an exotic destination or spend time doing what your partner loves. These ideas will bring you and your partner feel closer, happier and more passionate. After all, love should never be ordinary! Go for it, be different and line up some mysterious surprises for your loved one on this valentine’s day.

Candle Light Dinner With A Twist

Candle Light Dinner

Imagine you and your partner having candle light dinner? Nothing new in this right? Well, you can bring some uniqueness to this idea. How? Don’t take your partner to a restaurant, instead go to a houseboat, bank of a river or a beach and organize a candlelight dinner there! Trust us; it won’t cost you much, and you can easily arrange this for your partner.


Plan A Surprise Vacation

Plan A Surprise Vacation
This valentine’s day, make memories all over the world. The best thing about traveling with your partner is that you get to learn so many new things. It's a proven fact, taking a trip will connect you with your loved one in a way you never thought would be possible. While you travel, you experience many beautiful things together; that is going to be just between you two. So don’t think much and just travel!

Be A Tourist In Your Own City

Be A Tourist In Your Own City

No time to travel outside? Don’t worry! Why don’t you become a tourist in your own city? Admit it; you haven't covered all the places of your city yet? And even if you have even seen them all, don’t you want to see them again with your love? This is the right time, take your partner and rejoice all those memories all over again.

Be Adventurous Together

Be Adventurous Together
Love is the greatest adventure in itself! But on this valentine's day, bring out the adventurous side of you and take your significant other for fun-filled activities on the day of love. Sounds fun, right? From camping, hiking to water activities, go crazy and opt for things you haven’t done before. This will surely bring you closer.

Do What Your Partner Loves

Do What Your Partner Loves

Have you ever thought how happy you could make your partner by doing things they love? For a day, help your partner to cook his/her favorite dish, watch movies, go for a walk in the park or dance your heart out. Don’t hold yourself back; it is a perfect opportunity to bring a smile on that face by doing things your partner loves? Go surprise your sweetheart!

How did you like the ideas, 5 Things to do with your partner this Valentine's day? Nice know? So what are you waiting for? On the day of love, plan something extra special for your loved one. Put some of your fresh energy and make this valentine's day a memorable time for both of you. Do make the day exceptionally good for your beloved! As we already said ‘love should never be ordinary.' Go crazy. Happy Valentine's Day. Keep spreading the love!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kid-Friendly Cars: Find the Perfect Car for Your Family

It's never easy to choose a car, especially when you need to pick a child-friendly car for your family. Some features, like fuel efficiency and a good sound system, are useful to everyone, but some that are necessary for good family cars are irrelevant in other vehicles. It's important to look for those features when choosing either a new or a used car to make sure that you make a good decision.

Play it Safe

Family friendly cars have plenty of safety features. There are times when it's impossible to avoid an accident, and those features can save a person's life. That is especially important for families with young children since they can suffer serious injuries from accidents that wouldn't do much harm to an adult.

Airbags are the most important safety feature. They can do a lot to protect an adult, but they aren't always safe for children. In general, the side air in the front seats is dangerous for small children. If you are going to put a child up front, make sure that they are disabled. Side airbags in the rear are often safe due to voluntary safety standards, but not every manufacturer follows those standards. Ask the dealer for confirmation before you make the choice. Some airbags also come with advanced safety features that can adjust their power to accommodate passengers of different sizes, and those can be very useful for cars that will hold growing children.

Interior trunk releases are also important for families with children. Sometimes children sneak into the truck, and there's a chance that they will lock themselves inside. A trunk with an interior release makes that impossible since the child can let himself out. Make sure that the release is large and obvious so that a curious child can find it without any trouble.

Kid-Friendly Cars

Look for Space

People who know how to choose a family car often make storage space a priority. It opens up opportunities to save money by buying groceries in bulk, but the main benefit appears when the children start joining sports teams and activities. Many sports require bulky pieces of equipment, and it isn't easy to bring it to the game without a large trunk.

Seat space is also important. Children tend to get irritated during long trips, and separating them so that they can't fight can prevent a lot of problems in the car. Bigger seats also make it easier to use booster seats, which can make a car trip much safer for small children. Removable seats are ideal since they can be used for seating when necessary but removed to provide more cargo space during trips to the grocery store.

Details Matter

People often ignore little details when they choose a car, but those details can make a big difference for children. Make sure that your car has enough cup holders for every child. Small children usually can't handle a cup during a bumpy ride without spilling it, so a set of cup holders can save a lot of time on cleaning. Ideally, every child should also have access to an electrical outlet. Phones and gaming devices run out of power quickly in a car, and nothing will make children fight like only having access to a single outlet to recharge them.

Kid-Friendly Cars

The Right Price

The final consideration when choosing a new family car is the price. Every dollar that you spend on the car is a dollar that you can't spend somewhere else, so it's worth making sure that a car is worth the money. Family cars tend to experience a lot of wear and tear, so it's usually best to save money by avoiding fancy seats and other bonus features that can break easily.

Many people choose to save money by purchasing a used car for their family, and that is often a sound choice. They're much cheaper than new cars, but they're harder to customize and they sometimes need more repairs than newer vehicles. That means that it isn't always easy to choose between a used car or new car, and families need to carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages before making a choice. This infographic can help you make the decision, and a good dealer can help you assess the quality of a specific used car that catches your eye.




About the Writer

This post is written by Sally is a working woman and a mother of 2 kids (currently 10 and 8), living in a suburb of Brisbane. As mom, she learn so much about providing healthier and happier lifestyle for her kids. You can find more of her articles being featured on www.mouthsofmums.com.au.

Images provided by Sally.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Gear, Gadgets and Apps: Top Gifts for People Who Travel All the Time

If you love traveling, then you will surely like this post we have today from Eloise. She will share to us some gifts that people who like to travel will love the most. Take a look at what she prepared for us.

Top Gifts for People Who Travel All the Time


Travel can be a way of life for some people: they just don't seem to be satisfied unless they're off to their next big adventure. And if you have someone in your life who does just that, you may find that it’s difficult to find the right thing for them.

With today’s technology, however, you should have no problem finding them cool gifts and suggestions that they can use throughout their travels. Everyone can always use something, you just have to figure out what it is they need. Here are a few ideas that may be able to help the traveler in your life.

A VPN Socket

One of the most frustrating things about traveling is that sometimes you aren’t allowed to use apps that you normally can in your part of the world. Having a VPN is one easy way around this frustration.

VPN stands for Virtual Personal Network, and while there are many uses for one, it can help travels live with the comforts of home. If for instance, you want to watch Netflix in another country, you may be shut out because. Using a VPN will let you watch as normal because you can enter your home address.

The socket VPN creates a network when you plug your device in, so it takes the hassle out of finding an app to do so. VPNs are also a great added security feature for when you go on public WiFi so you can find uses for it wherever you travel.

A Great Weather App

Weather Live Free is a weather app by Apalon Apps that will keep you informed on all of the weather conditions -- present and future -- from anywhere in the world so you will always know what to expect.

The app has all of the pertinent information: temperature (including “feels like” temperature, the humidity percentage, the wind speed, and direction and it even has the sunrise and sunset times. Weather Live also features a seven-day forecast and uses a constantly-updated weather radar to show you any fronts that are moving toward or away from your location.

weather app by Apalon Apps

Weather Live also has a built-in widget that you can personalize on your home screen, so you can have all of the information right at your disposal.

A Portable USB Charger

One of the great luxuries of the 21st century is being able to have mobile devices with you wherever you go. The bad things about it are that you need to keep them all charged.

A good USB charger like this one can charge up to two devices at a time with speed so your devices are always ready. The charger itself plugs into a socket and can last for nearly 500 full charges so you will not need another one for a very long time. You can even use the devices while they're plugged in to save battery life.

Think of these cool items next time you talk to someone who travels all of the time.

About The Author:
Eloise Bailey loves to travel. She (half jokingly) describes herself as a globetrotter, though daren't write that down on application forms! Just back from a trip to South Africa, she shares her travel stories and tips online.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Melissa Bolona In Thriller 'Dog Eat Dog' Starring Nicholas Cage

Sometimes we are hesitant to pursue our dreams but what we do not know is that we only need to take the first step in order to proceed. There are people who really knew where they are good at and on what certain field they would succeed. Isn't it nice to find someone who will inspire us to do certain things?

Once we see others succeed, this will also no doubt encourage us to do better. Just like Melissa Bolona who isn't just into modeling and acting and also finds time to pay it forward through philanthropic work.



Melissa Bolona

No stranger to the big screen, Melissa Bolona is due to appear in several movies in coming months, including the thriller, "Dog Eat Dog," starring Nicholas Cage.

This movie is based on a novel with the same premise and name and stars William Dafoe alongside Nicholas Cage. The film is pulpy and dramatic, following the story of three crooks who are hired to kidnap a baby. It doesn’t help that the mob boss who hired them is beyond eccentric, and soon the threesome also has the police and the mob breathing down their necks.

The film hit the big screen on November 4th, receiving mixed reviews. While the actors’ performances seem to be appreciated, viewers seem to want a bit less gore and a little more substance. Reviewers on rotten tomatoes call the film saturated with “campy gore” and generally appear to be less than appreciative of the movie’s brusque and direct approach to the violence. The movie is similar to classics such as Pulp Fiction, though it appears that the story line was left lacking.

Melissa Bolona plays Lina in this film. Although just a minor role, she certainly plays her part well. The actress was born on the East Coast and has a mixed heritage including Peruvian, Ukrainian, and Cuban roots. 

Already known for her philanthropic work and modeling career, Bolona always knew she had to act. Having received her degree in business at the American University in Paris, France, and after establishing herself as a philanthropist, Bolona returned to her pursuit of acting. Melissa Bolona currently resides in Los Angeles and is due to play major roles in several upcoming thrillers in 2017.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Simple Solutions to Tech Problems for Non-tech Users in 2016

Tech Problems for Non-tech Users

Technology can make life easier when it works, but when it doesn’t, it can also be a source of unique frustration. The average computer user wastes five days a year waiting for slow laptops and PCs to load, a SanDisk survey found. 

One-third of users reported that their technology frustrations left them in a bad mood and one-fourth have expressed their frustration by smashing or stomping on a computer. Fortunately, there are more effective and less expensive ways to handle technology frustration. Here are some tips and resources for dealing with some common technical difficulties.

Reboot First

Before trying other solutions, many technology problems can be solved by simply rebooting your computer, mobile device or router, explains technology writer Chris Hoffman. For example, if your computer freezes and shows the blue screen of death, this may have been caused by a low-level hardware driver issue or hardware malfunction, which leaves the computer in a state where it cannot continue processing its commands.

Tech Problems for Non-tech Users

To resolve this, the computer may automatically reboot itself, which restores it to a state where it can function normally as long as it does not encounter the same problem. Other problems that can often be resolved by rebooting include Windows running slow, programs such as Firefox using too much memory or Internet or Wi-Fi network issues.

Computer Running Slow

Another common frustration is a slow-running computer. If rebooting doesn’t solve this, PCWorld’s Ben Kim says the next thing to do is determine whether the problem is your computer or another issue, such as your Internet connection. 

For instance, a slow-loading video or website may not be caused by your computer, whereas a slow boot process is more likely to be due to your device. To rule out your Internet connection speed as the problem, try visiting Speedtest.net and making sure that your download and upload speeds are at least 50 percent of what your provider advertises and that pings take less than 100 milliseconds.

If you do this and it still looks like your computer is the problem, next use your file manager application (such as File Explorer in Windows) to check how much disk space is left on your hard drive. If you’ve got enough space, check whether your boot process is launching any programs that are hogging memory. 

Tech Problems for Non-tech Users


In Windows, you can do this by launching System Configuration, accessible by pressing Windows-R, typing “msconfig” and hitting Enter. Look at the Startup tab to see what programs are running when you boot up and which can be disabled. Don’t disable programs from manufacturers such as Microsoft, but you can disable apps you don’t need from providers such as Adobe, Google Update or Spotify. After making changes, try rebooting and see if your computer runs faster.

Slow Internet

Sometimes your computer is running fine, but your Internet connection is still slow. In this case, BabaMail recommends visiting Speedtest.net to check your connection speed, as mentioned earlier. If it looks like your connection speed is okay, check if a program is hogging your bandwidth or if there’s a problem with your network.

To do this, first look for minimized icons that indicate a torrent program running in the background. Next, check if your network card drivers are current, which you can do by going into Device Manager and checking the Network adapters menu. If you see a yellow mark with an exclamation point, right-click on the device name to access the menu for updating your driver software. 

If Windows can’t download the update for you, you may be able to download it directly from the manufacturer’s website. If your Internet connection isn’t working, you may need to use another computer and a USB flash drive to do this.

Tech Problems for Non-tech Users

Hardware Not Working

Sometimes, you may simply have a hardware problem. If your product is still covered under warranty, the simplest solution may be a replacement part or unit. There may also be special circumstances where you’re able to get a replacement. For instance, due to the recall of the Galaxy Note7, T-Mobile customers who ordered this product are able to get a replacement phone free. Check with your product documentation and supplier to see what options are available to you.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Positive Parenting - Empowering Disabled Children to Be All That They Can Be

Empowering Disabled Children

Being a parent in today’s society can often be a trying experience no matter how much you love your children or how hard you work to give them all they need to succeed in life. Without going into all the cultural influences you need to overcome, in fact it would be impossible to do so as entire volumes have been written on the subject and are still not inclusive, there are some ways you can counteract what is going on around you to raise up children who are empowered to be the best that they can be as human beings and as professionals in the workplace. 

However, being parents of a disabled child brings with it a new set of challenges which must be faced, so here are a few tips to give you strength and help you along the way.

Empowering Disabled Children

Working with Kids with Disabilities

One of the things which educators learn early on when seeking their degrees, and are even more in tune with when studying for a higher education leadership degree, is that it is vitally important to follow a few simple rules when working with disabled children. One of the first things you learn is how to inspire them to do well without putting undue pressure on them. 

They can often do all of the things a non-disabled child can do - and sometimes even better. It just takes them longer to learn new tasks in many cases. Sometimes they are faced with physical disabilities and other times these are emotional or psychological. 

If your son or daughter is interested in going straight up to achieving an online doctor of education degree there is no reason to believe they can’t do it! Help them realize that anything can happen if you are willing to work for it. Perseverance is often a vital key to success.

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Finding Modes of Study that Suit Their Disability

All government and public buildings are required by federal law to have entryways accessible to physically disabled persons. Even so, some schools have disabled ramps that are not easy to navigate and although they pass legal guidelines minimally, they are not adequate for the needs of a disabled student. 

In cases like this, did you know your son or daughter can get their degree online? It is always best for a student to study in an environment where they are most at ease, which means you can explore your options if you feel your child will not do well in a traditional classroom.

That’s the beauty of technology. Parents now have many more ways to empower their disabled children to be the very best they can be in an environment that places little stress on the child. 

It’s all about facilitating an atmosphere where they can learn and grow and with the literal explosion of online degrees it is something that was never before possible. By exploring your options you are empowering your child to grow in the best way possible for him or her - and that’s what empowerment is all about after all. Empowering them to be their very best in the life they have been handed.

Do You Have What It Takes to Complete a Master’s Degree Online?

Completing a Master’s Degree Online

Thanks to the internet and the best universities across the country opening up their online graduate programs, it is now possible to pursue a master’s degree of your choice without becoming a full-time student or moving near a university. In fact, you can get an MBA online from any university in the country from the comfort of your home.

Complete a Master’s Degree Online


Before you start searching for a program, however, there are a few requirements you need to meet. Do you have what it takes to enroll in online MBA or other graduate programs and complete the course? Let’s find out, shall we?

Qualifying for the Course

Before you can enroll in a graduate program, you need to have a bachelor’s degree. The degree doesn’t have to be in a particular field. You can, for instance, get an online MBA even when your bachelor’s degree is in science.

Some universities require you to have a certain minimum GPA to qualify for the course, too. Taking an online masters in business administration from Villanova University means having a minimum GPA of 3.00.

online degree


There are other requirements to meet also, including a CLEP, as well as a few years on the job in managerial position. The latter is for special programs such as the executive master of business administration (EMBA).

These requirements are usually easy to meet. More importantly, there is a program for everyone. You can always find programs you qualify for and still have the chance to pursue a master’s degree in a field of your choice.

Understanding the Challenges

Online courses are great for those working a full-time job or who simply can’t move near the university to pursue a degree for many reasons. A lot of stay-at-home moms and even entrepreneurs are taking the time to pursue their dreams of owning a master’s degree with the help of these online courses.

Taking a master’s degree online may seem like a walk in the park at first, but there are actually a lot of challenges to overcome. You need to be able to manage your time, acquire the necessary resources to master the course materials, and of course take the time to study for exams and complete assignments.

The online learning platform will help you with most of these challenges. Course materials are usually provided and you have direct access to the best lecturers in the country as part of the learning program. You still need to manage your own time and have a clear study schedule to succeed.

Tuition and Other Details

Similar to brick-and-mortar programs, you still need to pay tuition when you enroll in an online course. Since there are no classes to maintain and there are usually a lot of students per class or course, you can expect the online master’s degree to be much more affordable than taking one offline.

Master’s Degree Online


It is also easier to calculate the total cost of getting an online master’s degree. Since you can study while working a full-time job or from the comfort of your home, you don’t need to worry about extra expenses associated with moving near the university.

So, do you have what it takes to pursue a master’s degree? The answer is most definitely yes. Take that first step, find a program that you like and work your way towards becoming a Master.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Music For Kids: The Power Of Early Childhood Music Education


There is little dispute amongst experts on the importance of music in early childhood. Music can play an important role in early childhood development. In fact, studies suggest that kids who study music from an early age reap educational benefits in both math and reading.

music for kids

Not only can early childhood music education help benefit a child's overall development, but it can also help build emotional and social skills, build cognitive abilities, increase overall language capabilities, improve memory capacity, develop impulse control, and set the foundation for a life-long love of music.

It Is Never Too Early To Learn

It is never too early to enroll a child in music classes or engage a child in musical activities. Children begin learning music as soon as they are born. Infants are able to listen, watch, and experiments with sounds. Eventually, babies sing, chant rhythmically, and experiment with vocal controls. Babies are born ready to explore the rich world of musical sound and the more exposure to music the better they will be at developing their own musical skills and abilities. In fact, the process of musical learning uniquely corresponds to the way in which children learn language.

Music For Kids


Music Classes For Kids

Music classes for kids can be a fun, engaging, and positive learning experiences for young children. Structured classes led by specialists can add a new depth to the benefits reaped by children engaging in music at an early age. Music classes actively engage three of the five senses and promote learning within young children in unparalleled ways. Kids participating in music classes may be watching, listening, or clapping, but their mind is far more active than we can readily understand.

Experts are still studying the many ways in which early engagement with music benefits children. However, they all agree that the benefits are very real. Those studying music's benefit on early childhood development agree that musical learning somehow engages all the other forms of learning. This type of learning becomes especially important when you consider that 90 percent of the brain's development happens before the age of five.

The earlier the better with musical education. Newborns, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are little sponges just waiting to soak up all knowledge, and music is a powerful tool in helping them do just that.

Finding The Right Program

Looking for the right music class for your child? Start by asking friends, family, neighbors, coworkers for their recommendations. Also, check out some local kids boutiques, toy stores, and play centers for information. Many of the programs will let you attend or try out one of the classes for free before signing up. Don't hesitate to ask questions and shop around until you find the right class for you and your child.

Music Activities For kids

Musical activities can benefit kids of all ages. Even if you choose not to enroll your kids in music classes you can still allow your kids to participate in musical activities. Make it a family activity. Music activities for kids can be fun for the whole family and can be a very family-centered, fun way to play. Break out the pots and pans, put on your favorite songs, and dance with your kids. Music is fun!

Find Musical Education That Fits Your Needs

Childhood Music Education

Music School For Kids

Kids who show a great deal of interest in music will benefit from the intensive classes offered in a music school for kids. Schools specifically designed for music education help create a lifelong music lover and help children reach their full musical potential. If you are interested in finding a music school in your area, look for a school with a proven track record of success, check out online reviews, and ask a local musical professional who it is that they recommend.

Private Lessons

Early childhood music education does not necessarily mean that your child must go to a music school for kids. Private lessons provide a reasonable option for many children. Consider what type of lessons you would like to give your child and what sort of instrument that you would like for your child to play. A number of factors should be considered in choosing which instrument to play.

Consider the following questions:

● Does your child have an instrument in mind?
● Does your child's temperament match the instrument that she/he wishes to play?
● Can instrument can you afford to buy and maintain?
● What instrument can you listen to for extended periods of practice time?
● Is there a musical style that excites your child?

Any instrument can be a great way to learn, but many experts suggest starting with piano lessons. If you, like many parents, have a child beginning with piano lessons then you will need to first begin by finding great piano teachers in your area. Optimally they should have experience teaching kids piano. Look for established area teachers and read reviews.

Childhood Music Education

Once you have a teacher in your sights, set up a meeting with you and your child. Don't do all the talking for you child during the meeting. You want to make sure that your child and the teacher will be able to work well with one another.

Thanks to the insight provided by Wendy’s Music, a music school in Melbourne, providing a range of music courses for kids of all ages.


About the Writer

This post is written by Sally is a working woman and a mother of 2 kids (currently 10 and 8), living in a suburb of Brisbane. As mom, she learn so much about providing healthier and happier lifestyle for her kids. You can find more of her articles being featured on www.mouthsofmums.com.au.


Images provided by Sally.